CSUF News Service
Student Engineers Are Finalists for National Competition
Feb. 13, 2015
For the fifth year in a row, Cal State Fullerton civil engineering students are among the nation's top finalists for the "Geo-wall" design competition, presented by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Of the 20 teams that qualified for the 2015 national competition, the CSUF team ranked second, behind Cal State Los Angeles.
"We are the only school nationally to qualify as one of the top four teams for the fifth consecutive year," said Binod Tiwari, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and faculty adviser.
The four-member team will build and test its design of a stabilized earth wall at the Geo-challenge Competition March 17-18 at the Geo-Congress conference in San Antonio. Last year's CSUF team won first place in the competition. This year's team members, who received a travel grant and free registration to the Geo-challenge Competition, are: John Thurlo, team captain and graduate student; senior Eric Kim; junior Shelly Rodriguez; and sophomore John Stapleton.
Graduate student Sneha Upadhyaya and alumna Beena Ajmera, a doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech who is conducting research at CSUF this spring, also qualified to present their geotechnical engineering research in the "Geo-poster" competition. Two CSUF teams that submitted "geo-prediction" reports also qualified for the national competition. The teams are Kim and master's student Duc Tran; and Ajmera paired with sophomore Chloe Gharios.